Questions I’ve Been Asking Myself While Weeding the Garden

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Story: I’ve had a few days just letting go post retirement. Our farm property has a very large garden, so there is always work to do, especially pulling friggin’ weeds. I’ve found myself reflecting on a few things while yanking out those stubborn lawn terrorists. Here are some random questions/thoughts at the end of my spade:

  1. Why do most people drive to work? Every metroplex I know is currently staggering with traffic issues. For six years at the last company I worked for, the leadership made it totally okay to work where you needed to do your best work. Today, the technology with productivity tools like the iPad, Chromebook, Google Suite, MICROSOFT 360, etc., along with fabulous networks, are so robust that most people do NOT have to go to the office everyday. So why do people clog up our transportation system to show up somewhere at 8:30 a.m., when if we looked at it honestly, people just don’t need to. Think of the contribution to everyone’s well being/public benefit if people who could, just went to their office 50 percent of the time. I believe there would be a massive increase in productivity. We need public and private leadership to make this so.
  2. Why do organizations still try and keep people with “golden handcuffs?” Do you really want someone hanging around when they would rather go? How arcane. If you’ve earned money, you should get it now and not after some vesting period. If you want to leave, the formula should be worked out and both the employee and employer should be able to pull the trigger without elaborate explanations. Walk in anytime, for whatever reason: Two weeks severance for every year worked, all benefits, remaining holidays paid out. No negotiations required. Both the employee and employer would have full skin-in-the-game to focus on the real motivators: A meaningful purpose, great work, and continuous learning/personal equity.
  3. Why do organizations still ask leaders to give people ratings on an annual basis? I guess if you had a job on the kill floor in the slaughterhouse, and killed more cows than the next guy, you could be rated as a higher performer. Of course, it would not take long before the inequities would be surfaced: Better bolt gun, less stubborn Holsteins that sit down and cry before they get put down, better ramp, etc. Sorry to use the crassness of this analogy to make a point, I just find bosses giving an annual rating to people so dehumanizing and flat out stupid. On the other hand, if feedback was more continuous, honest, human and robust from a statistically significant data source, that would be meaningful. Even a rating might be meaningful in that context. Most of us have a desire to genuinely and continuously get better.

Key Point: Everyone can benefit from doing a little weeding. Pulling out the crazy or outlived things we do in the workplace is no exception. I’m going to continue weeding through August. I hope removing a few will make the garden much more healthy. And occasionally, I may mistake a flower for a weed. Oops. I hope I challenge some of your assumptions too. Maybe we can weed together?

Personal Leadership Moves:

  1. Why not free people up and give them the autonomy to work from where and when they need to? Only one rule: No results = no job.
  2. Why not challenge the way you motivate people to stay, and make it easier to leave if people want out?
  3. Focus on developing versus rating others. You might be surprised how much performance really improves.

Weeding in Personal Leadership,

Lorne

One Millennial View: The philosopher Voltaire has a memorable saying that boils down to “tend your own garden.” The premise is, whatever chaos might be going on around you, no one can take how you treat your own garden away from you. Of course, your “garden” can be a metaphor for anything in your control. It’s a wonderful reminder that pulling your own weeds can make your whole landscape a lot prettier.

– Garrett

Edited and published by Garrett Rubis

 

New Culture Cast Podcasts Coming in April!

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Hey Culture Cast fans! 

We’re happy to announce that new Culture Cast podcasts will be coming your way in April! Stay tuned for Season 3! 

In the meantime, if listeners have any questions or thoughts, feel free to email the podcast at CultureCastPodcast@gmail.com. Also, we’ve started a Q/A series that will be posted every other Wednesday, and will likely be addressed in future podcasts as well. Please feel free to contribute. 

Also, please follow the podcast @CultureCastPod1 on Twitter, and advance the conversation.

We’ll be back soon! 

Culture Cast: What’s Missing in Today’s Leadership Systems?

Organizational leadership Podcast

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Hey Culture Cast fans! In Season 2, episode 8, Lorne and Lynette discuss the issue with the Forbes survey that found 65 percent of employees are willing to forego a pay raise if it meant they would see their bosses fired. What’s missing in today’s leadership systems? What can leaders start doing to improve the psychological safety that employees feel? 

Please listen on Soundcloud and iTunes, and don’t forget to rate and review.

If listeners have any questions or thoughts, feel free to email the podcast at CultureCastPodcast@gmail.com. As you can see, we’ve started a Q/A series that will be posted every other Wednesday, and will likely be addressed in future podcasts as well. Please feel free to contribute. 

Also, please follow the podcast @CultureCastPod1 on Twitter, and advance the conversation.

Culture Cast: Discussing ‘the Learning System’ in Organizations

Personal leadership Podcast

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Hey Culture Cast fans! In Season 2, episode 7, Lorne and Lynette discuss (and constructively debate) The Learning System that teaches people how to observe, apply and self-absorb the values of an organization. They go back and forth about certain learning phrases, and plans of action to help improve, reflect and advance an organization’s culture going forward.

Please listen on Soundcloud and iTunes, and don’t forget to rate and review.

If listeners have any questions or thoughts, feel free to email the podcast at CultureCastPodcast@gmail.com. As you can see, we’ve started a Q/A series that will be posted every other Wednesday, and will likely be addressed in future podcasts as well. Please feel free to contribute. 

Also, please follow the podcast @CultureCastPod1 on Twitter, and advance the conversation.

Culture Cast: Analyzing the Current State of Recognition, Acknowledgment and the Reward System

Personal leadership Podcast

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Hey Culture Cast fans! On Season 2, Episode 6, Lorne and Lynette discuss and analyze recognition, acknowledgment and the reward system. It’s not just about “what you did,” it’s about “how you did it.” Join the discussion about the value of giving and receiving genuine recognition from you, your peers and employees.

Please listen on Soundcloud and iTunes, and don’t forget to rate and review.

If listeners have any questions or thoughts, feel free to email the podcast at CultureCastPodcast@gmail.com. As you can see, we’ve started a Q/A series that will be posted every other Wednesday, and will likely be addressed in future podcasts as well. Please feel free to contribute. 

Also, please follow the podcast @CultureCastPod1 on Twitter, and advance the conversation.